College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Acts of Childhood Sexual Abuse: An Empirically Derived Typology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-1998

Keywords

Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Typology

Publication Title

Journal of Family Violence

ISSN

0885-7482

Volume

13

Issue/No.

3

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

A clinical sample of 165 women survivors in outpatient therapy was surveyed about whether their childhood sexual abuse (CSA) included each of 17 sexual acts. Factor analysis of these acts was conducted. A typology of CSA acts consisting of three factors emerged. Inspection of the acts loading on each factor suggested that they differed primarily in terms of the type of abuse of power implied by them rather than in the nature of the sexual behavior involved. The three factors were named Coerced Complicance ( Coercion), Subjugation and Humiliation ( Subjugation) and Invasive Objectification ( Objectification). Implications for research, theory, and clinical practice, and the need for evaluating the generalizability of the typology to other subpopulations of survivors, are discussed.

DOI

10.1023/A:1022836921616